Q.My Bird Nest Fern Seems To Be Rotting
I have been away for 3 weeks, and did automatic watering to my plants while I was away. when i came back, I see my ferns Turing yellow. I continued taking care of it by watering it daily, and it turned worse. It was green and luscious befoee i left for my trip. One thing I could think of that may affect the fern would be the home-made bug spray i made >> olive oil (half cup) + dishwashing liquid (1 tspn) + water (saw this from youtube against white flies). Any advise on what happened to my bird best fern and what I should do? – David
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
It is always best to always try your mixtures on very small parts of your plants before trying your mixture over the whole thing. It is very possible that the mixture was too strong and burned your plants. In this case, the new growth should come out fine.
If this is not the case, and new leaves are yellowing and rotting before opening up, then it could be overwatering. This will lead to symptoms that we are seeing, here. They should be watered to where the soil is moist, but not wet. Overwatering will suffocate the roots. Letting them dry out slightly is a little better than too much moisture.
Reducing watering will help if this is the case.